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Mini-sculpture “Gavrylo Martynovych Gluck”

🕒 Date of last update of the article: 10.02.2024 at 10:37 p.m   |  🖋 Author: Viktor Shatrov

Mikhailo Kolodko came up with the idea to immortalise the famous artist back in 2011. It took the author a year to realise the idea. The author installed his masterpiece on the triangle between Vakarov and Pidhirna streets in the very centre of Uzhgorod (GPS 48.62579727 22.30283165). This sculpture is made in the form of a Willis off-roader (GAZ-67), a car that the famous artist Gavrylo Gluck used to drive. It is installed on a pedestal in the form of a stone block. Gavrylo Martynovych himself is recreated in the car at the wheel, and next to him is an easel and the painting “Loggers”, which brought fame to the artist.

Міні-скульптура Гаврила Глюка

The monument was unveiled on the anniversary of the death of the acclaimed artist on 2 November 2012. The mini-monument to the artist in Uzhgorod, where he lived from 1947 until his death in 1983, was erected at the expense of his relatives.

Photos and video of the mini-sculpture by H.M. Gluck in Uzhgorod

Brief overview

🗺 Location N48°37′33″ E22°18′10″
🗽 Opening date 02.11.2012
🧑 Author Mykhailo Kolodko
🧭 Distance from the center of Uzhgorod Near
🚙 Road for Car, on foot
🏕 Stop with a tent No
🏡 Housing nearby Uzhgorod
☕ Cafes and shops Uzhgorod

Who is Gavrylo Gluck?

Gavrylo Gluck is a famous Ukrainian artist. Throughout his life, he lived in many countries: Moldova, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and, finally, Ukraine. He went through a difficult life path. He was recognised as “undesirable” and oppressed by army duties. However, all these difficulties allowed the artist to open up better. Most of all, he liked the magical Transcarpathia. Most of the author’s paintings are landscapes and portraits. His most famous painting is the aforementioned “Loggers”, for which he was awarded at the international art exhibition in Brussels.

The legend of mini-sculpture by Gavrylo Martynovych Gluck

An interesting legend about this mini-sculpture is told by Nadiya Popadiuk in her book Uzhhorod – the World Capital of Mini-Sculptures. The legend says that once in 1954, in Uzhgorod, Gluck was approached by an interesting stranger with a physique that would have been the envy of the heroes of the myths of ancient Greece. The man said that the perfection of the relief and form was of great importance to him and asked him to paint a portrait in the way the artist would see him in his imagination. The next day, at the appointed time, the stranger appeared in Gluck’s studio and, without explaining anything to him, he handed him a long stick, asked him to lean on it and not move for an hour and began to paint. The artist was concentrating on the canvas when he suddenly stopped and exclaimed: “Willis is on a pedestal!” The stranger didn’t understand, he just asked quietly what had happened. Gluck looked him in the face confidently and said calmly: “The Willis is my favourite car, and you look just like it,” and turned the easel with the portrait to the man. Seeing the man’s frightened eyes, Havrylo Martynovych laughed and said he was joking, and then exclaimed again: “You are a woodcutter, a real woodcutter in my imagination!” The man thought that the artist was mocking him, so perfect and perfect, so he threw his props on the ground and quickly ran outside.

Thus, from the portrait of a stranger, Gluck’s outstanding work “The Loggers” was born, which brought him worldwide fame and high awards.

A few years later, while walking in Uzhgorod, at the intersection of Vakarov and Pidhirna streets, Gluck saw a mini-sculpture on a stone pedestal, and when he came closer, he recognised himself in it, driving his favourite SUV, Willis, with his legendary painting “Loggers” in the back seat. Shocked to the core, Havrylo Martynovych realised that the guest who had hurriedly fled his studio in 1954 without taking his portrait was a sculptor who adored the perfection of relief and form and made such a gift to him – immortalising his genius in his favourite city forever.

How to get to the mini-sculpture ” Gavrylo Gluck”

 Walking route

🔰 Start From the mini-sculpture “Druget”
🚶 Walking distance (via Vakarova Street) 150 m
🕒 Approximate time 2 minutes
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He was born and lived all his life in Uzhhorod. He graduated with a gold medal from Uzhhorod School No. 1 named after Taras Shevchenko (now Uzhhorod Lyceum named after Taras Shevchenko). He studied at the History Department of UzhNU, graduating with honours in 2009. He worked as a senior researcher at the Transcarpathian Museum of Folk Architecture and Life, a lecturer at the East European Slavic University.